Tooth Protection with Dental Crowns
Dental crowns restore damaged teeth and preserve and protect with a cap-like structure. This routine procedure helps people who suffer from extensive decay to keep their original teeth. Visit Dr. Michael Richer and Dr. Nadia Rivera at R+R Dental for proactive treatment for damaged and decayed teeth. They provide dental consultations and routine tooth care in Hicksville, NY.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown provides a long-term solution to advanced decay and tooth problems. They cap damaged teeth, covering all the tooth’s surface above the gum line. They come in a variety of materials including stainless steel, all metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic.
Different materials offer specific benefits such as longevity, a similarity in appearance to existing teeth, and exceptional strength. Dr. Richer and Dr. Rivera will discuss all the available options with you, choosing the one that works best for your needs.
These caps should last between five and 15 years, although the precise time frame does vary. In general, a well-fitting crown can last twenty or thirty years or more. Crowns extend the life of your existing teeth, protecting them from future decay and allowing you to treat them the same way you would normal, healthy teeth.
Renewed strength, improved appearance, and uniform size and shape are a few perks of this method of treatment. For adults, a crown can offer both cosmetic benefits and structural ones. Children often receive them in place of fillings, when the tooth is too damaged to withstand a standard filling.
Who Needs Dental Crowns?
From children with severe early tooth decay to adults with a tooth-grinding habit, a wide range of audiences benefits from tooth capping. Whether a serious cavity makes a traditional filling impossible, or a necessary root canal requires caps to protect the remaining tooth, this treatment serves a variety of purposes.
Any time that a tooth could potentially break, whether due to decay or exterior damage, dental crowns serve to protect and restore the tooth to its normal capacity. Excessively worn teeth due to night-grinding or an acid reflux disorder benefit from caps that protect the remaining surface enamel.
People who are unable to clean their teeth and maintain oral hygiene adequately are prime candidates for receiving restorative crowns. However, the application of caps to damaged teeth does not eliminate the need for brushing, oral rinsing, or flossing between capped teeth.
Dental caps that are porcelain or composite resin blend seamlessly with existing teeth, improving the overall appearance of your smile. Your dentist may be able to match the color of your porcelain-capped teeth to your existing teeth, making them look even more natural.
X-rays and preliminary exams show existing damage or decay to teeth and help your dentist to see whether capping your teeth will serve an advantage to your overall dental health. If you need a root canal, that is the first step in the tooth restoration process.
How Does the Process Work?
Receiving a dental crown does require multiple office visits for initial evaluation and diagnosis, preparation of the tooth area, and placement of the crown. Digital and physical modeling help your dentist to fabricate the perfect fit for your mouth, while manually preparing the tooth area ensures a good and lasting fit.
While you wait for the design and production of your crown, you may receive a temporary crown to protect the area in between dental visits. This keeps the area clean and covered during the waiting period as your crown is fabricated. Once the final crown is ready, this temporary version easily detaches due to the temporary adhesive.
Often, root canal treatments occur before installation of dental crowns. This happens when teeth are already severely decayed, or if the root itself is infected or injured already. In all cases, teeth are either filed down or built up, depending on their state of damage, to receive the crown.
Local anesthetic provides relief from pain during the application of your new crown. While this temporary discomfort is not ideal, it is preferable to the alternative, which is prolonged pain as teeth continue to decay.
After the numbness wears off, you may feel pressure or slight discomfort in the affected tooth. However, this is a short-term condition, and after the recovery period, a mouth full of strong and functional teeth awaits you. Restore your damaged teeth to their former appearance and strength with treatment options at R+R Dental, and start enjoying your smile again!